The Special Olympics Barbados National Games track and field finals get under way this Friday at the Carlton Cricket Club Grounds at Black Rock, St. Michael.
Following the opening ceremony that includes music from the Royal Barbados Police Force Band and the lighting of the Special Olympics Flame, intellectually challenged athletes from across the nation will take to the track for a variety of competitions in different age and skill divisions.Running events will include sprints, wheelchair races, middle-distance races and relays. The softball throw is also included as a popular field event.
Athletes participating in the finals qualified earlier this month in a preliminary meet. Among those competing on the track will be medal-winners from the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Greece. All the athletes have been training diligently for an opportunity to show Barbados their accomplishments and share in a day of competition, where they are the centre of the event.The motto of Special Olympics athletes is: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
The Special Olympics Barbados National Games are held each year in conjunction with “March – The Month of the Disabled”. Earlier this month, national games competitions took place in bocce and aquatics. The Special Olympics Barbados National Games events in cricket and football will be held later this year. All Special Olympics sports events are free-of-charge, and the cheering participation of the public is welcomed.†